This story, written by Rachel Philipson, appeared in the UConn Daily Campus on Oct. 17, 2017.
Graduate students working toward their doctorates in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut are able to receive scholarships, research opportunities and training through the Leslie Matlen and Christine Miller Andersen Fund, created in 2015 to help advance the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions related to trauma.
According to a UConn Foundation article, the life-saving friendship between Dr. Leslie Matlen and Christine Miller Andersen started the fund, which provides training in therapeutic approaches to trauma. Andersen, a former patient of Matlen’s in 1988, was misdiagnosed for 10 years with symptoms of random numbness, flashbacks and episodes. Matlen recognized that Andersen was struggling from severe post-traumatic stress disorder before the trauma spectrum was fully developed.
“I am a trauma survivor. She was my therapist. She basically saved my life,” Andersen said. “ I wanted to start the fund to provide special training for all sorts of trauma, including emotional, natural disaster and physical abuse in order to honor her.”